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Hello all, I am posting here on behalf of my mother and hoping to get a picture of what to expect in the future! My mother is 49 and has had 3 strokes, with one being severe. She luckily recovered but still has difficulties controlling her left side. We originally thought it was because of the stroke and no doubt some of it still is but she started having a lot of pain in her neck so she went to see her doctor and got an MRI done, etc. She was diagnosed with moderate to severe stenosis at C5-C6 and C6-C7 and foraminal stenosis from all levels between C3-C4 and C6-C7. The doctor told her she's not really a candidate for surgery because she's on blood thinners.
I tried doing some research on my own (since I live in another state and wasn't present to ask questions) and it seems like other options are physical therapy/chiropractic stuff and epidural spinal injections? Has anyone here had any experience with those things and did they work? She's having a very hard time processing all of this and I was hoping to talk to her about other people's experiences, both good and bad, so she can get a picture of what might be in the future. I know everyone here are not doctors! But we have no idea at all what to expect and I'd like to hear from people who have lived with even some of this.